Customer Project Manager
My journey at Yaskawa Environmental Energy / The Switch began with my thesis that I wrote for the company in 2013. During my first five years, I worked with the company’s high-speed motors as a mechanical design engineer. At the time, I was mostly involved with 3D modeling and technical drawings, as well as supporting our customers, suppliers and my colleagues on technical topics. Occasionally, I would also be at the assembly line solving problems and learning from the assembly personnel. Later on, I was looking for a change in responsibilities, and I accepted the position of Project Engineer where I assisted project managers with various tasks to help keep the machine deliveries on track in our Lappeenranta facility. I also hosted several factory acceptance tests (FATs) with our customers and certification bodies. This allowed me to quickly become more familiar with our marine permanent magnet generators. One year later, I was promoted to Customer Project Manager. I am currently managing several marine generator projects, starting from the kick-off phase through to machine delivery. This has allowed me to get a better understanding of the entire process. It has really been an eye-opener with regard to how much work and how many people are involved in a single project! After all this time at the company, I can honestly say that the main reason I haven’t even considered working elsewhere is the amazing people I have the privilege of working with every day. Outside of work, most of my free time is spent with my wife and our son. And I also spend some of my time on a re-kindled hobby from my youth – collecting and building large LEGO sets, which is – at least for me – a great form of relaxation.